From the Deputies Desks

East Hamersley Deputy News

As I said in my last newsletter post all teachers have been very busy testing their students in preparation for setting individual learning goals. These goals will be sent to you in week 9 in a clear display file titled Reporting Folder. If your child was with us last year and you haven’t returned this to school, could you please do so as soon as possible. For all new students a file will be sent home containing your child’s individual learning goals and rubrics. These will give you a very clear indication of what teachers will be explicitly working on with your child. This file is to be returned to school at the beginning of every term so that new documentation can be added to it.

The Kindergarten children have now almost finished their first term of school, I’m sure they will be very tired when they get home at the end of every day. I can see that they have all settled into school extremely well and are starting to develop some confidence and independence with tasks. They have been practising to write their names, this can be tricky, but they are being persistent. It has been a great start to your year.

I was so thrilled yesterday when I had 4 very clever Pre-primary boys visit me in my office to show me their fantastic writing about quokkas. Congratulations to Kotaro, Aiden, Zebadiah and Trent for trying extremely hard to write a sentence describing a quokka. Over the last few weeks, the following very talented Pre-primary students have received an honour certificate from me, Zebadiah, Vandha, Lucas, Ciara, Boady, and Tenishia.

The Year 1 children have also been working extremely hard and I have given out personal honour certificates to Gerrard, Mason, Max and Evander this term. Well done boys for being so mature and persistent with your work. I was listening to some of the Year 1s counting last week and was amazed with their confidence and accuracy. They are all working on writing their numbers correctly and in order. This may be something you can do at home too.

Wishing everyone a relaxing Easter and holiday break and look forward to seeing everyone in Term 2.

Mrs Deborah Silverlock

Deputy Principal – East Hamersley

Padbury Deputy News

Student Goals

I would like to commend staff and students on a productive albeit short Term One. Parents, you should have received your child’s goals this week.  These are goals that your child will work towards for Semester One. For new students, parents have received monitoring grids in all oral language and academic areas. Kindergarten teachers will meet with parents to discuss student levels.  Pre-primary and Year 1 parents are welcome to make a meeting time with your child’s teacher if you have any questions about the goals, or would like feedback about your child’s progress.

School Events

It was wonderful to see lots of orange on Harmony Day. The activities in class celebrated our cultural diversity and the values of participation and inclusivity. It was also fabulous to see the participation of students at our recent incursions – the Pre-primary Science incursion and the Year 1 Wildlife incursion. The behaviour and engagement of all students is to be commended.

Before/After School Procedures at the Padbury Campus

A reminder that drop off time at the Padbury campus is between 8:30-8:50am. Lessons start promptly at 8:55am. Pick up time is 3:00pm, unless you need to pick up children from other schools (in that case pick up is 2:40pm onwards). If you need to pick your child up earlier than 2:40pm please collect an early release slip from the office. Due to current COVID-19 cleaning requirements, the school playgrounds are not to be used before and after school. Thank you for your support.


It is great to see on Seesaw all the wonderful things happening in classes. I would like to remind parents to check Seesaw for updates from staff about the learning happening in class. Seesaw can also be used to message the teacher, however please be aware that teachers may not be able to respond during the school day or on evenings/weekends.





Check out the lovely Australian animals, that the Year 1s met at the West Oz Wildlife incursion last week!


This Thursday 1 April is a free dress day for students (Easter theme). Please send in a gold coin donation for the Padbury Primary School P&C Association. The Easter raffle is being held on Thursday, with proceeds going to the P&C. A huge thank you to families who donated a prize for this raffle.

I wish all families have a safe and relaxing Easter break.

Mrs Sarah Arnatt

Deputy Principal- Padbury Campus


From the Deputies Desks

Padbury Deputy News

Students are settling in to the routines of their new class and are making new friends. Teachers, speech pathologists and education assistants have been spending time getting to know your child and completing assessments and observations to determine each student’s current levels in oral language, academic and social areas. This is important as it enables staff to set appropriate individual goals for your child and implement strategies to achieve these goals. An individual goal list for Semester One will be sent home at the end of this term.

Pick-Up Time

I would like to remind parents that school at the Padbury campus finishes at 3:00pm. Some parents need to pick children up from other schools and that is fine. Teachers can dismiss children from class from 2:40pm if you need to collect your child early. If you need to pick your child up prior to 2:40pm please sign your child out at the front office. For those who do not have to travel to other schools, 3:00pm is the finishing time.


We have two exciting incursions coming up. On Friday 12th March the Pre-primary students have Science Alive visiting. On Monday 22nd March the Year Ones have West Oz Wildlife (and their furry friends) visiting. Please return permission slips and payment if you haven’t already done so.

Harmony Week

Harmony Week this year is 15-21 March 2021. The Padbury campus will be celebrating on Thursday 18th March. This is an important opportunity to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity. Students learn about a sense of belonging for everyone. Teachers will be organising Harmony Day activities for their class.

Students are encouraged to wear orange to school on 18th March. This can be socks, headband, scrunchie or any item of clothing. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication. It also relates to the encouragement of mutual respect.


We have two ACROD bays at the school. Please ensure these are kept free at all times for those with ACROD parking permits.

The bus bay on MacDonald Avenue in front of the school is a ‘No Standing Zone’ between the hours of 7.30am-9.00am and 2.30pm-4.00pm Monday to Friday.   Please do not use this bay to park in or drop off/pick up children. The school buses use this bay at the beginning and end of each school day.

For those who park on Mac Donald Avenue, we request that you avoid doing U-turns after drop-off or pick-up, and please try and park on the school side of the road. This will minimise the potential for accidents involving pedestrians or other vehicles. We appreciate your co-operation with these matters.

Pathway Works 

We are currently having a significant amount of pathway removed and replaced with concrete around the school. Whilst this involves some inconvenience this term, the new paths will be worth it.

Mrs Sarah Arnatt

Deputy Principal- Padbury Campus

From the Deputies’ Desks

East Hamersley  News

 The start to the 2021 school year has been very clam and seamless, besides the slight hiccup around the first week.  I’d like to thank all the East Hamersley LDC staff for making this happen and for the hard work they have put in so far. I have already met most of our new parents/families at the class parent meetings, unfortunately I was not able to attend the Year 1 meeting but already know most of you. Thank you for committing the time to come to these meeting and I am looking forward to getting to know you all over the year.

As I have walked around our campus the students seem settled and I have been met with many enthusiastic smiles and greetings. We are always trying to encourage our students to greet adults and peers in a friendly manner, to use their names (recipient) and to look directly at the person they are speaking to. It would be very helpful if you could also reinforce this at home.

The teachers have been very busy testing all our new students so that they can plan for their academic success this year. You will all receive your child’s individual learning goals later this term. This will give you a very clear indication of what teachers will be explicitly working on with your child.

A reminder that even though we are co-located at the East Hamersley Primary School, our office is based at Padbury and all phone calls need to be directed to that office on 9407 3050. I can assure you that the office staff at Padbury will contact us very promptly to relay any messages.

Deborah Silverlock

Deputy Principal

Padbury Deputy News

A warm welcome to all new families and returning families this year. Considering it was a disrupted start to the year, the students are settling into class routines smoothly and are happy at school. Staff have been busy helping the children learn the rules and routines of their new class and the playground. We thank parents/caregivers for your support with wearing masks and following the ‘drop and go’ procedure at the start of each school day.

Kindy teachers met with parents for an information session on the first day. The Pre-primary and Year One teachers will be meeting with parents this week (week 3). At this meeting your child’s class teacher will outline the class routines, programs, expectations for the year and staff that are working with your child. The Seesaw app will be the main means of communication between staff and parents this year. Please contact your child’s teacher or the office if you need help in setting up your Seesaw account. It is a great tool for maintaining connections between home and school.

As a school we follow the ‘Crunch & Sip’ program in Pre-primary and Year One. The Crunch & Sip break is a set break (on top of recess) during the school morning to eat a healthy snack, such as fruit or vegetables, and drink water in class. This gives students the chance to re-fuel to improve concentration in the classroom, as well as promoting long term health. Our Kindy classes have shared fruit/snack time just before recess play.

At any time throughout the year, if you have any questions, concerns, or need to speak to the teacher about any aspect of your child’s schooling I encourage you to organise a meeting time with your child’s teacher. We look forward to a great year ahead.

Mrs Sarah Arnatt

Deputy Principal- Padbury Campus